Chrome lip scratches

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  1. CRXican

    CRXican God Loves Ugly

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    I just had a set of these wheels put on my car on Friday. I have washed them and now one has a looooooong scratch. (I suck)

    The scratch is continuous and goes around 1/4 to 1/2 of the chrome lip. Is there anything that might help remove the scratch, it's pretty light.

    Also, how can I avoid scratches in the future? It likely happened when I was drying the wheel with a microfiber rag. This is my best guess because I know I wiped in a continuous motion around the lip to remove water drops. I guess from now on it might be better to dab the wheels :hs:
     
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    Is the chrome coated? If so, you may be able to polish it out using an paint polish. If it isnt' coated, a metal polish should help.
     
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    I don't believe it's coated as another wheel seems to have some stains on it.

    Also, what about the drying? I have a feeling the scratch came from some debris that I kindly rubbed around the wheel when drying it with the microfiber. I have a feeling it might happen again.
     
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    All I can tell you is to be careful when drying, but chrome shouldn't be *that* delicate.
     
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    Bumping this thread because I have more questions about these wheels.

    After searching this forum, I heard talk about etching I guess caused by water or harsh cleaners. Not sure if that's what I have but the chrome lip has what looks like water spots (large) that have sort of a rainbow effect. I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of that.

    Also will a Simple Green dilution damage the wheels? Should I stop using it? (just started using it this month)
     
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    and the wheels are always cool when I wash them
     
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    ere's some pics of the worst wheel, most of this damage was on the wheel when I got it (1024x768)

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    are you sure its chrome? and not a "polished" lip?

    if so...try some meguiars wheel polish or mothers mag & aluminum polish...only if its not clear coated.
     
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    I'm fairly certain it's chrome. Not really sure how to confirm.

    Not sure about the clear coat thing either. I'll try and find out.
     
  10. Buck-O

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    Your useing SImplegreen to clean your wheels?

    Just asking for trouble there.
     
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    sounds more like a polished aluminum lip. most painted face wheels i've seen have either a polished or machine lip. try some metal polish on a small part of the lip, and if it turns black, then you most likely are dealing with polished
     
  12. MrBonus

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    It's definitely a polished lip and you have to treat it like any other clearcoat surface on your car. Use car wash and not Simple Green and keep it polished up. I too have a polished lip and their location simply makes them prone to scratches so I polish mine at least once per month and obviously wash them regularly.
     
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    Ok, I'll go back to soap. I bought some Aluminum polish for my last set of wheels. And I'm more worried about the stains on the wheel in the lastest pics I posted.

    http://www.mothers.com/products/
    I have the Mothers PowerMetal Aluminum polish. Not sure if that's even the right stuff. Also, is it true that I can clay bar the surface if it's like a painted surface?
     
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    i believe something like mothers aluminum polish will strip the clearcoat.

    So if it is coated do not use this product.
     
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    ok, I asked a retailer that sells Volk and here's what he said about my wheels:

    The GTU's utilize a stainless steel barrel with a polished lip. There is no chrome plating on the wheel whatsoever (which is good because chrome is SUPER heavy).

    Since it uses stainless, there is no need for a clear coat. The face of the wheel, however, does have a clear coat.
     
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    mothers mag & aluminum polish or meguiars wheel polish :bigthumb:
     
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    sweet, I'll use the stuff I mentioned I had and hope for best

    thanks

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    this stuff
     
  18. Buck-O

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    That stuff actually works better by hand then with the powerball. Go figure.
     

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